Women’s monument unveiled in Tshwane

first_img10 August 2016The Women’s Living Heritage Monument, unveiled by President Jacob Zuma onWomen’s Day 9 August 2016, commemorates the story of women’s contribution tothe liberation struggle and features four statues of the heroic stalwarts, LillianNgoyi, Sophia Williams-de Bruyn, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa.2. TheWomen’s Living Heritage Monument at Lillian Ngoyi Square in PTA #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/CG0TDX8HEQ—#ThankYouLimpopo (@ANCLimpopo) August 9,2016The four women led a peaceful protest march to the Union Buildings in 1956,with thousands of women from all parts of the country. The women delivered apetition to the then Prime Minister, JG Strijdom, against carrying a pass book,referred to as a dom pass in Afrikaans, meaning “dumb pass”. They also marched against the degradation of African women. This Women’s Day marked the 60th anniversary of the march.The monument also includes a leadership development and training centre, anddedicated walls for murals, artworks and artefacts that tell the stories of women’sstruggles throughout the South Africa’s history.Susan Shabangu, the Minister of Women in the Presidency, said the event wasan emotional reflection on what women have done to take the country from whereit was to where it is today.“Women once more are gathered here to witness the opening of the livingmonument, where people can see the contribution of women across colour lines,”the minister said in her presentation.Shabangu asked women, particularly young women, to visit the monument inorder to reflect and inform their destiny, adding that “the women of the 1956 marchplayed their role and today we have a Constitution which includes what womenfought for”.She said it is up to the young South African women of today to protect theConstitution and ensure human rights, especially women’s rights, are not violated.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, African Union Commission chairpersonNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the last surviving march leader De Bruyn, wereamong those who attended the unveiling and toured the monument.Sophie De Bruyn standing next to her statue unveiled at Lillian NgoyiSquare #TellHerStory #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/xpYIflHZK4— SAGov News (@SAgovnews) August 9,2016De Bruyn told EWN News that the monument and recognition of the struggle ofwomen during apartheid gave her great joy, particularly seeing how far womenhave come in advancing their rights since 1956.“Today when I see what they’ve achieved, they’ve achieved a lot. They canchoose their own professions, they can choose anything they want to do, and I oftensay to them that it’s no longer a case of the sky being the limit. But you can gobeyond the sky because you can even become an astronaut.”#WomensDay2016 These women were among the thousands whomarched on August 9 1956. DB. pic.twitter.com/4XLKns6dUl—EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 9,2016Also in attendance were a number of women who were part of the original 1956march.Mita Motlolometsi marched 60 years ago and had come to witness the unveilingof the monument.She said the day was an emotional one for her because she had witnessedhistory unfold around her over the last six decades, particularly since 1994. She feltproud that she had been a small part of bringing change to the country.However, while commending the interventions made by democracy to empower black people, Motlolometsi said that women and, especially elderly women, were not fully liberated yet.Motlolometsi hopes there will be more efforts made by the country to unite,respect and liberate the nation’s women.Source: South African Government News Agency Southafrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img

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